Lack of confidence not only holds women back, it holds companies back
According to one of the most comprehensive business case studies ever conducted, companies that perform best financially have the greatest numbers of women in leadership roles.
- Only 1 in 5 senior executives is a woman, even though more than 50% of women hold college degrees and close to 40% have MBAs.
- Women comprise only 4% of CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies.
- According to Gallup, employees with female managers are more engaged than those with male managers but only 33% of U.S. employees have a female boss.
- When the Institute of Leadership Management surveyed managers about how confident they feel in their work, 1/2 of female respondents reported self-doubt in their job performance and careers.
- Hewlett-Packard found that women working there only applied for a promotion when they thought they had 100% of the qualifications necessary – men were happy to apply when they thought they had 60% of the job requirements.
- Only 40% of women are interested in becoming top executives, while 56% of men do. Work/life balance is still an issue for many women. Those with children are far more likely to say they don’t want the pressure and worry they won’t be able to manage work and family commitments. One in three women in America categorize their stress as extreme and end up dropping out of the workforce in response.
Confidence matters as much as ability and is shaped by both our environments and our personalities.
While I can’t completely change everything about society’s framework around women, I can help women thrive where they are until things change systemically.
CONFIDENCE KEYNOTES AND TRAINING PROGRAMS:
Crushing The Confidence Gap: Four Ways for Women to Make the Leap
In the workplace, confidence matters as much as ability—the higher the confidence, the higher the performance. Confidence is the foundation for becoming a strong leader, pursuing challenge, taking risk and putting one’s self in positions to learn and grow. Lack of confidence drives risk aversion and makes employees less willing to pursue challenges. Businesses lose out on innovation, productivity and strong leadership, while individuals miss out on opportunity, career advancement and personal development.
Lack of confidence not only holds women back, it holds companies back. According to one of the most comprehensive business case studies ever conducted, companies that perform best financially have the greatest numbers of women in leadership roles.[i] Yet statistics suggest that lack of confidence is holding women back from leadership opportunities. While more than 50 percent of women hold college degrees[ii] and close to 40 percent have MBAs[iii], they comprise less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions[iv] and only about 15 percent of senior executive positions.[v]Improved confidence allows women to step into and excel in these roles. While there is no shortage of information around The Confidence Gap in the workplace, there is shockingly little on what to DO about it. That is why this program is essential.
Building confidence in one aspect of our lives transfers to all of them. Training in the following areas creates confidence and competence that can be applied to one’s professional life.
- Confidence is influenced by how well we know our values and purpose. When we lack clarity, we typically lack confidence as well. It is difficult to feel confident in our abilities when we are uncertain about why and how we make decisions. But once we truly understand ourselves, then our decisions will naturally align with our ideals. We will grow in confidence as we learn to trust our internal locus rather than be swayed by external forces.
- Confidence is shaped by what we consume. What we watch, listen to and read can make us feel either positive and empowered or inadequate and insecure. Unfortunately, much of the information we “eat” is junk, filling us with empty “calories” and making us weak. In order to nurture confidence, we must nurture our minds with nourishing input.
- Confidence is affected by recovery. Our days are filled with incessant obligations and habitual time wasters. How can we feel confident when it seems we are not doing enough or not doing it well enough? Recovery means granting ourselves permission to refuel and recharge. Only then will there be time and space for confidence to grow.
- Confidence is linked to our physical being. In particular, we can use movement in strategic ways to connect and change. Our movement needs vary from day to day and person to person. Gentle forms of movement help us center and connect to the inner power within us. More challenging types of movement allow us to build grit and tenacity—if it doesn’t challenge us, it doesn’t change us
Confidence comes from taking action. This interactive and engaging program teaches women how to develop daily practices that embolden confidence and competence in the workplace and beyond, thus helping companies to have their female employees unleash their untapped potential. Rich with discussion and inner reflection, this course utilizes the wisdom and experiences of the entire group. Attendees leave with personalized plans for taking action in the interrelated areas of inner reflection, thoughtful consumption, strategic movement and regular recovery.
- Close the confidence gap in your organization and foster a culture of high-performing women on paths of improved self-assurance, performance and advancement.
- Empower women to step into leadership roles and develop their abilities to lead, take action, drive for results and improve the bottom line.
- Help women identify their values and purpose in order to guide their decision-making process.
- Embolden women to step out of their comfort zones, embrace challenge, take initiative and strategic risk.
- Balance stress and recovery in order to show up fully focused and energized, as well as to utilize their complete array of talents and skills in the workplace.
- Create opportunity for reflection in order to gain clarity, identify goals, strengths and weaknesses, and what actions need to be taken.
- Design and implement an individualized action plan that improves confidence, competence, energy, engagement and resiliency.
Duration: One to three hours.
Why is this topic important to your business and bottom line? When the Institute of Leadership Management surveyed managers about how confident they feel in their work, half of female respondents reported self-doubt in regards to their job performance and careers. Self-doubt, fear and lack of belief in one’s abilities result in hesitation and inaction. In today’s constantly changing and highly demanding work environment, employees who confidently step up to a challenge and rise to the occasion is a competitive advantage. Confident leaders take initiative, make bold decisions, drive for results, and are more innovative and purposeful. They create trust, communicate concisely and passionately, drive productivity, and motivate and inspire their teams. They have a clear vision of who and what they want to become, what they want the business and their team to achieve, and how to execute in a bold and successful way. Closing the confidence gap means employees contribute to the organization more fully, manage well through crisis, and move themselves and the business forward. They not only make up a strong, resilient and energized workforce, they are inspiring role models, transforming the future of the business.
Well On Heels: The Strong, Balanced Woman
Many women have three overlapping workdays: The first day is scheduled work time consisting of meetings, servicing clients and customers, managing communication and connecting with colleagues around the globe. The second workday is made up of the one before, after and in-between – getting up early to get a jump on emails, staying late to get the work done there wasn’t time do to between meetings, and multitasking during the day in an effort to be as productive as possible. The third workday begins when you leave the office. Dinner needs to be picked up on the way home, if you’ve got kids, they need to get to practice, laundry needs to be done and the house needs to be picked up. After everyone goes to bed there’s an opportunity to get more work done. No wonder you are often stressed and exhausted by the end of the day!
Well on Heels provides strategies for making yourself a priority that are realistic and doable – not more stressors on your to-do list! In fact, you will leave with a customized action plan that requires very little energy, self-discipline or willpower to accomplish. You will not only improve your health, energy, sleep, productivity, confidence and body fat, you will also become more resilient to stress. Not a lot of time for exercise? No worries – you will get a tool that gives you a great cardiovascular and resistance workout with no equipment. It’s two workouts in one you don’t have to go to the gym to get and you can do it anywhere. Do you struggle with making the right nutrition choices – especially when you are stressed? You will learn what, when and how much to eat to become more healthy and resilient to stress, and how to do it in a way that is fast, easy and convenient. Is sleep an issue? The strategies you learn in this session improve the quality of your sleep, allowing you to get the precious recovery you need for your busy life. Do you wish you had more energy? Well on Heels will increase your stamina, vitality and power. You will learn how to fuel your body and mind in a way that keep you energized all day. Is consistency with self-care a challenge? You know what to do and how to do it, but that doesn’t make it easy. You will learn how to consistently take action on your goals despite the sheer number of commitments you’re dealing with each day. This dynamic speaking engagement combines interactive exercises and enlightening information that provide simple, effective strategies to incorporate in to your lifestyle right away. You won’t believe how fun it is to become Well on Heels!
OBJECTIVES: This program addresses the unique psychological and physical needs of the female leader and provides tools for building health, power, resiliency and confidence.
- Build your resiliency to stress
- Improve your overall health
- Heighten your level of fitness with minimum time commitment
- Learn what, when and how much to eat, and how to do it easily
- Quell emotional eating due to stress
- Elevate your levels of energy, productivity and positivity
- Increase the quality of your sleep
- Optimize your body fat levels and stoke your metabolism
- Launch an action plan that is impervious to the busyness of life
- Increase your confidence and strength
- Create a solid foundation for a rewarding career and personal life
Duration: Keynote or half-day and includes up to 100 copies of The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life, 60 Seconds at a Time and up to 100 units of PowerHouse Hit the Deck.
How is this practical to the worksite? One in three women in America categorize their stress levels as extreme and many drop out of the workforce in response to the demands of balancing their professional and personal lives. They are an asset every company values, and losing their talent and skills is a detriment to the organization. Women in the workplace are looking for practical strategies for successfully dealing with stress and work/life balance, all while trying to achieve greater levels of professional success. This event provides them with real world, valuable tools for increasing their capacity to be successful leaders within the business as well as their personal lives.
[i] Adams, S. (2014, August 5). Companies Do Better With Women Leaders (But Women Need More Confidence To Lead), Study Says. Retrieved August 02, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/08/05/companies-do-better-with-women-leaders-but-women-need-more-confidence-to-lead-study-says/ [ii] Aud, S., Hussar, W., Johnson, F., Kena, G., Roth, E., Manning, E., Wang, X., and Zhang, J. (2012). The Condition of Education 2012 (NCES 2012-045). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, DC. Retrieved Aug 2, 2016 from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch. [iii] Matt, S. (2014). Will Harvard Ever Have an MBA Class With 50 Percent Women? (n.d.). Retrieved August 02, 2016, from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-08-29/harvard-will-have-trouble-getting-to-an-mba-class-thats-half-women [iv] Catalyst. Women CEOs of the S&P 500. New York: Catalyst, July 1, 2016. Retrieved Aug 2, 2016 from http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-ceos-sp-500 [v] Swanson, Ana. (2015) The number of Fortune 500 companies led by women is at an all-time high: 5 percent. Ana Swanson. Retrieved on Aug 2, 2016 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/06/04/the-number-of-fortune-500-companies-led-by-women-is-at-an-all-time-high-5-percent/